CYBERSHOP INTERNATIONAL, INC.
1998 STOCK OPTION PLAN
1. PURPOSE OF THE PLAN.
The purpose of the CyberShop International, Inc. 1998 Stock Option
Plan (the "Plan") is to advance the interests of CyberShop International, Inc.,
a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), by providing an opportunity for
ownership of the stock of the Company by employees, agents and directors of, and
consultants to, the Company or of any subsidiary corporation (herein called
"subsidiary" or "subsidiaries"), as defined in Section 424(f) of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code") and the Treasury regulations
promulgated thereunder (the "Regulations"). Such employees, agents and directors
of, and consultants to, the Company or any subsidiary are hereinafter referred
to individually as an "Eligible Person" and collectively as "Eligible Persons".
By providing an opportunity for such stock ownership, the Company seeks to
attract and retain qualified personnel, and otherwise to provide additional
incentive for optionees to promote the success of its business.
2. STOCK SUBJECT TO THE PLAN.
(a) The total number of shares of the authorized but unissued or
treasury shares of the common stock, par value of $.001 per share, of the
Company (the "Common Stock") for which options may be granted under the Plan
(the "Options") shall be 1,000,000, subject to adjustment as provided in Section
(b) If an Option granted or assumed hereunder shall expire or
terminate for any reason without having been exercised in full, the unpurchased
shares subject thereto shall again be available for subsequent Option grants
under the Plan.
(c) Common Stock issuable upon exercise of an Option may be subject to
such restrictions on transfer, repurchase rights or other conditions or
restrictions as shall be determined by the Board of Directors of the Company
3. ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN.
(a) The Plan shall be administered by the Board. No member of the
Board shall act upon any matter affecting any Option granted or to be granted to
himself or herself under the Plan; provided, however, that nothing contained
herein shall be deemed to prohibit a member of the Board from acting upon any
matter generally affecting the Plan or any Options granted thereunder. A
majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum, and any action
may be taken by a majority of those present and voting at any meeting. The
decision of the Board as to all questions of interpretation and application of
the Plan shall be final, binding and conclusive on all persons. The Board, in
its sole discretion, may grant Options to purchase
shares of the Common Stock only as provided in the Plan, and shares shall be
issued upon exercise of such Options as provided in the Plan. The Board shall
have authority, subject to the express provisions of the Plan, to determine the
Eligible Persons who shall be issued Options, the times when Options shall be
granted and within which they may be exercised, the prices at which Options
shall be exercised, the number of shares of Common Stock to be subject to each
Option and whether an Option shall be treated as an incentive stock option or a
non-qualified stock option. The Board shall also have the authority, subject to
the express provisions of the Plan, to amend the Plan, to determine the terms
and provisions of the respective option agreements, which may but need not be
identical, to construe the respective option agreements and the Plan, and to
make all other determinations in the judgment of the Board necessary or
desirable for the administration of the Plan. The Board may correct any defect
or supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in the Plan or in any
option agreement in the manner and to the extent it shall deem expedient to
implement the Plan and shall be the sole and final judge of such expediency.
(b) The Board, in its discretion, may delegate its power, duties and
responsibilities to a committee, consisting solely of two or more "Non-Employee
Directors" (as hereinafter defined). If a committee is so appointed, all
references to the Board herein shall mean and relate to such committee. The
existence of such a committee shall not affect the power or authority of the
Board to administer the Plan. For the purposes of the Plan, the term
"Non-Employee Director" shall have the meaning ascribed to it in paragraph
(b)(3) of Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended (the "Exchange Act"), as such term is interpreted from time to time.
4. TYPE OF OPTION.
Options granted pursuant to the Plan shall be authorized by action of
the Board and may be designated as either incentive stock options meeting the
requirements of Section 422 of the Code or non-qualified stock options which are
not intended to meet the requirements of such Section 422 of the Code, the
designation to be in the sole discretion of the Board. Options designated as
incentive stock options that fail to continue to meet the requirements of
Section 422 of the Code shall be redesignated as non-qualified stock options
automatically without further action by the Board on the date of such failure to
continue to meet the requirements of Section 422 of the Code.
Options designated as incentive stock options may be granted only to
Eligible Persons who are officers or employees of the Company or of any
subsidiary. Directors who are not otherwise employees of the Company or a
subsidiary shall not be eligible to be granted incentive stock options pursuant
to the Plan. Options designated as non-qualified stock options may be granted to
any Eligible Person.
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The Board shall take into account such factors as it may deem relevant
in determining the number of shares of Common Stock to be included in an Option
to be granted to any Eligible Person.
6. RESTRICTIONS ON OPTIONS.
Incentive stock options (but not non-qualified stock options) granted
under this Plan shall be subject to the following restrictions:
(a) Limitation on Number of Shares. The aggregate fair market value of
the shares of Common Stock with respect to which incentive stock options are
granted (determined as of the date the incentive stock options are granted),
exercisable for the first time by an individual during any calendar year shall
not exceed $100,000. If an incentive stock option is granted pursuant to which
the aggregate fair market value of shares with respect to which it first becomes
exercisable in any calendar year by an individual exceeds such $100,000
limitation, the portion of such option which is in excess of the $100,000
limitation shall be treated as a non-qualified stock option pursuant to Section
422(d)(1) of the Code. In determining the fair market value under this clause
(a), the provisions of Section 8 hereof shall apply. In the event that an
individual is eligible to participate in any other stock option plan of the
Company or any subsidiary of the Company which is also intended to comply with
the provisions of Section 422 of the Code, such $100,000 limitation shall apply
to the aggregate number of shares for which incentive stock options may be
granted under this Plan and all such other plans.
(b) Ten Percent Stockholder. If any Eligible Person to whom an
incentive stock option is granted pursuant to the provisions of the Plan is on
the date of grant the owner of stock (as determined under Section 424(d) of the
Code) possessing more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes
of stock of the Company or any subsidiary of the Company, then the following
special provisions shall be applicable to the incentive stock options granted to
(i) The Option price per share subject to such Options shall
be not less than 110% of the fair market value of the shares of Common Stock
with respect to which Options are granted (determined as of the date such Option
was granted). In determining the fair market value under this clause (i), the
provisions of Section 8 hereof shall apply.
(ii) The Option by its terms shall not be exercisable after
the expiration of five years from the date such Option is granted.
7. OPTION AGREEMENT; DISQUALIFYING DISPOSITIONS.
(a) Each Option shall be evidenced by an option agreement, in a form
approved from time to time by the Board (the "Agreement"), duly executed on
behalf of the Company and by
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the optionee to whom such Option is granted, which Agreement shall comply with
and be subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan. The Agreement may
contain such other terms, provisions and conditions which are not inconsistent
with the Plan as may be determined by the Board; provided that Options
designated as incentive stock options shall meet all of the conditions for
incentive stock options as defined in Section 422 of the Code. No Option shall
be granted within the meaning of the Plan and no purported grant of any Option
shall be effective until the Agreement shall have been duly executed on behalf
of the Company and the optionee.
(b) If an optionee makes a "disposition" (within the meaning of
Section 424(c) of the Code) of shares of Common Stock issued upon exercise of an
incentive stock option within two years from the date of grant or within one
year from the date the shares of Common Stock are transferred to the optionee,
the optionee shall, within ten days of disposition, notify the Board and deliver
to it any withholding and employment taxes due. However, if the optionee is a
person subject to Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act, delivery of any withholding
and employment taxes due may be deferred until ten days after the date any
income on the disposition is recognized under Section 83 of the Code. The
Company may cause a legend to be affixed to certificates representing shares of
Common Stock issued upon exercise of incentive stock options to ensure that the
Board receives notice of disqualifying dispositions.
8. OPTION PRICE.
(a) The Option price or prices of shares of the Common Stock for
Options designated as non-qualified stock options shall be as determined by the
(b) Subject to the conditions set forth in Section 6(b) hereof, the
Option price or prices of shares of the Company's Common Stock designated as
incentive stock options shall be at least the fair market value of such Common
Stock on the date the Option is granted as determined by the Board in accordance
with the Regulations promulgated under Section 422 of the Code.
(c) If such shares are then listed on any national securities
exchange, the fair market value shall be the mean between the high and low sales
prices, if any, on the largest such exchange on the date of the grant of the
Option or, if there are no such sales on such date, shall be determined by
taking a weighted average of the means between the highest and lowest sales
prices on the nearest date before and the nearest date after the date of grant
in accordance with Section 25.2512-2 of the Regulations. If the shares are not
then listed on any such exchange, the fair market value of such shares shall be
the mean between the closing "Bid" and the closing "Ask" prices, if any, as
reported in the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation
System ("NASDAQ") for the date of the grant of the Option, or, if there are no
such prices on such date, shall be determined by taking a weighted average of
the means between the highest and lowest sales prices on the nearest date before
and the nearest date after the date of grant in accordance with Section
25.2512-2 of the Regulations. If the shares are not then either listed on any
such exchange or quoted in NASDAQ, the fair market value shall be the mean
between the average of the "Bid" and "Ask" prices, if any, as reported in the
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Association of Securities Dealers National Daily Quotation Service for the date
of the grant of the Option, or, if there are no such prices on such date, shall
be determined by taking a weighted average of the means between the highest and
lowest sales prices on the nearest date before and the nearest date after the
date of grant in accordance with Section 25.2512-2 of the Regulations. If the
fair market value cannot be determined under the preceding three sentences, it
shall be determined in good faith by the Board in accordance with Section 422 of
9. MANNER OF PAYMENT; MANNER OF EXERCISE.
(a) Options granted under the Plan may provide for the payment of the
exercise price by delivery of (i) cash or a check payable to the order of the
Company in an amount equal to the exercise price of such Options, (ii) shares of
Common Stock owned by the optionee having a fair market value (at the date of
exercise) equal in amount to the exercise price of the Options being exercised,
or (iii) any combination of (i) and (ii). The fair market value of any shares of
Common Stock which may be delivered upon exercise of an Option shall be
determined by the Board in accordance with Section 8 hereof.
(b) To the extent that an Option is exercisable, Options may be
exercised in full at one time or in part from time to time, by giving written
notice, signed by the person or persons exercising the Option, to the Company,
stating the number of shares with respect to which the Option is being
exercised, accompanied by payment in full for such shares as provided in Section
9(a) hereof. No exercise of an Option may be made for fewer than 100 full shares
of Common Stock unless such exercise is made for the entire fractional amount of
a share remaining to be purchased pursuant to such Option. Upon such exercise,
delivery of a certificate for paid-up, non-assessable shares shall be made by
the Company to the person or persons exercising the Option within 20 business
days after receipt of such notice by the Company.
10. EXERCISE OF OPTIONS.
Each Option granted under the Plan shall, subject to Sections 11(b),
13 and 16 hereof, be exercisable at such time or times and during such period as
shall be set forth in the Agreement; provided, however, that except as otherwise
provided pursuant to the provisions of Section 6(b) hereof, no Option granted
under the Plan shall have a term in excess of ten years from the date of grant.
11. TERM OF OPTIONS; EXERCISABILITY.
(i) Each Option shall expire on a date determined by the
Board which is not more than ten years from the date of the granting thereof,
except (a) as otherwise provided pursuant to the provisions of Section 6(b)
hereof, and (b) for earlier termination as herein provided.
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(ii) Except as otherwise provided in this Section 11, an
Option granted to any optionee who ceases to be an Eligible Person for any
reason shall terminate on the earlier of (i) three (3) months after the date
such optionee ceased to be an Eligible Person, or (ii) the date on which the
Option expires by its terms.
(iii) If an optionee ceases to be an Eligible Person because
the Company has terminated his or her status with the Company for cause (as such
term is defined in any employment or similar agreement between such optionee and
the Company or, if there is no such agreement, or such agreement does not
contain provisions relating to termination or removal for cause, as such term is
defined by the law of the State of Delaware), such Option will, to the extent
not terminated, be deemed to have terminated on the date immediately preceding
the date the optionee ceased to be an Eligible Person.
(iv) If an optionee ceases to be an Eligible Person because
the optionee has become disabled (within the meaning of Section 22(e)(3) of the
Code), such Option shall terminate on the earlier of (i) one year after the date
such optionee ceased to be an Eligible Person, or (ii) the date on which the
Option expires by its terms.
(v) In the event of the death of any optionee, such Option
shall terminate on the earlier of (i) one year after the date of death, or (ii)
the date on which the Option expires by its terms.
(i) Except as otherwise provided in this Section 11(b), an
Option granted to an optionee who thereafter ceases to be an Eligible Person
shall be exercisable only to the extent that the right to purchase shares under
such Option is exercisable on the date such optionee ceased to be an Eligible
(ii) An Option granted to an optionee who ceases to be an
Eligible Person because he or she has become disabled (as such term is defined
in any employment or similar agreement between such optionee and the Company or,
if there is no such agreement, or such agreement does not contain provisions
relating to termination or removal for disability, as determined by the Board)
shall be immediately exercisable as to the full number of shares covered by such
Option, whether or not under the provisions of the Plan or Agreement such Option
was otherwise exercisable as of the date of disability.
(iii) In the event of the death of an optionee, the Option
granted to such optionee may be exercised as to the full number of shares
covered by such Option, whether or not under the provisions of the Plan or
Agreement the optionee was otherwise exercisable at the date of his or her
death, by the executor, administrator or personal representative of such
optionee, or by any person or persons who acquired the right to exercise such
Option by bequest or inheritance or by reason of the death of such optionee.
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(iv) In addition to the acceleration of the exercisability of
Options pursuant to this Section 11(b) and Section 13(b)(ii) hereof, the Board
shall have the right, in the exercise of its discretion and for any reason, and
with the consent of the optionee, to accelerate the date on which Options shall
The right of any optionee to exercise any Option granted to him or her
shall not be assignable or transferable by such optionee other than by will or
the laws of descent and distribution, and any such Option shall be exercisable
during the lifetime of such optionee only by him or her. Any Option granted
under the Plan shall be null and void and without effect upon the bankruptcy of
the optionee to whom the Option is granted, or upon any attempted assignment or
transfer, except as herein provided, including, without limitation, any
purported assignment, whether voluntary or by operation of law, pledge,
hypothecation or other disposition, or levy of execution, attachment, trustee
process or similar process, whether legal or equitable, upon such Option. The
Board shall have discretion to grant any Option that is not designated as an
incentive stock option, free of any or all of the restrictions described in this
13. RECAPITALIZATION, REORGANIZATIONS AND THE LIKE.
(a) In the event that the outstanding shares of the Common Stock are
changed into or exchanged for a different number or kind of shares or other
securities of the Company by reason of any reorganization, recapitalization,
reclassification, stock split, combination of shares, or dividends payable in
capital stock, appropriate and equitable adjustment shall be made by the Board,
in its sole discretion, in the number and kind of shares as to which Options may
be granted under the Plan and as to which outstanding Options or portions
thereof then unexercised shall be exercisable. Such adjustment in outstanding
Options shall be made without change in the total price applicable to the
unexercised portion of such Options and with a corresponding adjustment in the
Option price per share.
(b) (i) In addition, unless otherwise determined by the Board in its
sole discretion, in the case of any (I) merger or consolidation pursuant to
which the Company's stockholders shall receive cash or securities of another
corporation and less than 50% of the outstanding capital stock of the surviving
corporation pursuant to such merger or consolidation shall be owned by the
stockholders of the Company, (II) sale or conveyance to another entity of all or
substantially all of the property and assets of the Company or (III) Change in
Control of the Company, the Company shall, or shall cause such surviving
corporation or the purchaser(s) of the Company's assets to, deliver to the
optionee the same kind of consideration that is delivered to the stockholders of
the Company as a result of such merger, consolidation, sale, conveyance or
Change in Control, or the Board may cancel all outstanding Options in exchange
for consideration in cash or marketable securities, which consideration in both
cases shall be equal in value to the value of those shares of stock or other
securities the optionee would have received had the Option been
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exercised (but only to the extent then exercisable) and had no disposition of
the shares acquired upon such exercise been made prior to such merger,
consolidation, sale, conveyance or Change in Control, less the Option price
therefor or, in lieu thereof, the Board shall give the optionee at least twenty
days prior written notice of any such transaction in order to enable the
optionee to exercise the exercisable portion, if any, of the Option. Upon
receipt of such consideration effective on the date specified in such notice,
all Options (whether or not then exercisable) shall immediately terminate and be
of no further force or effect. The value of the stock or other securities the
optionee would have received if the Option had been exercised shall be
determined in good faith by the Board, and in the case of shares of Common
Stock, in accordance with the provisions of Section 8 hereof.
(ii) The Board shall also have the power and right to
accelerate the exercisability of any Options, notwithstanding any limitations in
this Plan or in the Agreement upon such merger, consolidation, sale, conveyance
or Change in Control.
(c) A "Change in Control" shall be deemed to have occurred if any
person, or any two or more persons acting as a group, and all affiliates of such
person or persons, who prior to such time Beneficially Owned (as defined in Rule
13d-3 under the Exchange Act) less than 40% of the then outstanding Common
Stock, shall acquire such additional shares of Common Stock in one or more
transactions, or series of transactions, such that following such transaction or
transactions, such person or group and affiliates Beneficially Own 50% or more
of the Common Stock outstanding.
(d) If by reason of a corporate merger, consolidation, acquisition of
property or stock, separation, reorganization, or liquidation, the Board shall
authorize the issuance or assumption of a stock option or stock options in a
transaction to which Section 424(a) of the Code applies, then, notwithstanding
any other provision of the Plan, the Board may grant an option or options upon
such terms and conditions as it may deem appropriate for the purpose of
assumption of the old Option, or substitution of a new option for the old
Option, in conformity with the provisions of such Section 424(a) of the Code and
the Regulations thereunder, and any such option shall not reduce the number of
shares otherwise available for issuance under the Plan. In the event of such
issuance or assumption, the provisions of Section 13(b) hereof shall not be
14. NO SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS.
Nothing contained in the Plan or in any Option granted under the Plan
shall confer upon any optionee any right with respect to the continuation of his
or her employment by the Company or any subsidiary or interfere in any way with
the right of the Company or any subsidiary, subject to the terms of any separate
employment agreement to the contrary, at any time to terminate such employment
or to increase or decrease the compensation of the Option holder from the rate
in existence at the time of the grant of an Option. Whether an authorized leave
of absence, or
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absence in military or government service, shall constitute termination of
employment for purposes of any Option shall be determined by the Board at the
time of such occurrence.
The Company's obligation to deliver shares upon the exercise of any
Option granted under the Plan shall be subject to the Option holder's
satisfaction of any applicable federal, state and local income and employment
tax withholding requirements. The Company and optionee may agree to withhold
shares of Common Stock purchased upon exercise of an Option to satisfy the
above-mentioned withholding requirements.
16. RESTRICTIONS ON EXERCISE OF OPTIONS AND ISSUANCE OF SHARES.
(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 9 and 11 hereof, an
Option cannot be exercised, and the Company may delay the issuance of shares
covered by the exercise of an Option and the delivery of a certificate for such
shares, until one of the following conditions shall be satisfied:
(i) The shares with respect to which such Option has been
exercised are at the time of the issuance of such shares effectively registered
or qualified under applicable federal and state securities acts now in force or
as hereafter amended; or
(ii) Counsel for the Company shall have given an opinion,
which opinion shall not be unreasonably conditioned or withheld, that the
issuance of such shares is exempt from registration and qualification under
applicable federal and state securities acts now in force or as hereafter
(b) The Company shall be under no obligation to qualify shares or to
cause a registration statement or a post-effective amendment to any registration
statement to be prepared for the purpose of covering the issuance of shares in
respect of which any Option may be exercised or to cause the issuance of such
shares to be exempt from registration and qualification under applicable federal
and state securities acts now in force or as hereinafter amended, except as
otherwise agreed to by the Company in writing in its sole discretion.
17. PURCHASE FOR INVESTMENT; RIGHTS OF HOLDER ON SUBSEQUENT REGISTRATION.
Unless and until the shares to be issued upon exercise of an Option
granted under the Plan have been effectively registered under the Securities Act
of 1933, as amended (the "1933 Act"), as now in force or hereafter amended, the
Company shall be under no obligation to issue any shares covered by any Option
unless the person who exercises such Option, in whole or in part, shall give a
written representation and undertaking to the Company which is satisfactory in
form and scope to counsel for the Company and upon which, in the opinion of such
counsel, the Company may reasonably rely, that he or she is acquiring the shares
issued pursuant to such exercise of the Option for his or her own account as an
investment and not with a view to, or
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for sale in connection with, the distribution of any such shares, and that he or
she will make no transfer of the same except in compliance with any rules and
regulations in force at the time of such transfer under the 1933 Act, or any
other applicable law, and that if shares are issued without such registration, a
legend to this effect may be endorsed upon the securities so issued.
In the event that the Company shall, nevertheless, deem it necessary
or desirable to register under the 1933 Act or other applicable statutes any
shares with respect to which an Option shall have been exercised, or to qualify
any such shares for exemption from the 1933 Act or other applicable statutes,
then the Company may take such action and may require from each optionee such
information in writing for use in any registration statement, supplementary
registration statement, prospectus, preliminary prospectus, offering circular or
any other document that is reasonably necessary for such purpose and may require
reasonable indemnity to the Company and its officers and directors from such
holder against all losses, claims, damages and liabilities arising from such use
of the information so furnished and caused by any untrue statement of any
material fact therein or caused by the omission to state a material fact
required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not
misleading in the light of the circumstances under which they were made.
At the discretion of the Board, the Company may loan to the optionee,
or pay to the optionee as a bonus, some or all of the purchase price of the
shares acquired upon exercise of an Option, the terms of such loans or bonus to
be at the discretion of the Board.
19. MODIFICATION OF OUTSTANDING OPTIONS.
Subject to any applicable limitations contained herein, the Board may
authorize the amendment of any outstanding Option with the consent of the
optionee when and subject to such conditions as are deemed to be in the best
interests of the Company and in accordance with the purposes of the Plan.
Without limiting the foregoing, the Board shall have the authority to effect, at
any time and from time to time, with the consent of the affected optionees, the
cancellation of any or all outstanding Options under the Plan and to grant in
substitution therefor new Options under the Plan covering the same or different
numbers of Shares and having, at the discretion of the Board and subject to
Sections 6 and 8 hereof, an exercise price, in the case of Options designated as
non-qualified stock options, as shall be determined by the Board and, in the
case of Options designated as incentive stock options, of not less than one
hundred percent (100%) of the fair market value of the Common Stock on the new
20. APPROVAL OF BOARD AND STOCKHOLDERS.
The Plan shall become effective upon adoption by the Board and the
stockholders of the Company; provided, however, that the Plan shall be submitted
for approval by the stockholders of the Company within 12 months after the date
of adoption of the Plan by the Board. If the stockholders of the Company fail to
approve the Plan within 12 months after the date of adoption
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of the Plan by the Board, the Plan and all stock options granted thereunder
shall be and become null and void and of no further force or effect.
21. TERMINATION AND AMENDMENT OF PLAN.
Unless sooner terminated as herein provided, the Plan shall terminate
ten years from the earlier of (x) the date on which the Plan was duly adopted by
the Board, and (y) the date on which the Plan was duly approved by the
stockholders of the Company. The Board may at any time terminate the Plan or
make such modification or amendment thereof as it deems advisable; provided,
however, (i) the Board may not, without the approval of the stockholders of the
Company obtained in the manner stated in Section 20 hereof, increase the maximum
number of shares for which Options may be granted or change the designation of
the class of persons eligible to receive Options under the Plan, and (ii) any
such modification or amendment of the Plan shall be approved by a majority of
the stockholders of the Company to the extent that such stockholder approval is
necessary to comply with applicable provisions of the Code, rules promulgated
pursuant to Section 16 of the Exchange Act (if any), applicable state law, or
applicable NASD or exchange listing requirements. Termination or any
modification or amendment of the Plan shall not, without the consent of an
optionee, affect his or her rights under an Option theretofore granted to him or
22. DUTIES OF THE COMPANY.
The Company shall at all times keep available for issuance or delivery
such number of shares of Common Stock as will be sufficient to satisfy the
requirements of the Plan.
23. LIMITATION OF RIGHTS IN THE OPTION SHARES.
An optionee shall not be deemed for any purpose to be a stockholder of
the Company with respect to any of the Options until (x) the Option shall have
been exercised with respect thereto (including payment to the Company of the
exercise price) and (y) the earlier to occur of (i) the delivery by the Company
to the optionee of a certificate therefor, or (ii) the date on which the Company
is required to deliver a certificate pursuant to Section 9(b) hereof.
24. GOVERNING LAW.
The Plan and all Options shall be governed by and construed under the
laws of the State of Delaware, without giving effect to principles of conflicts
Any communication or notice required or permitted to be given under
the Plan shall be in writing, and mailed by registered or certified mail or
delivered by hand, if to the Company, to the attention of the President at the
Company's principal place of business; and, if to an optionee, to
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his or her address as it appears on the records of the Company.
The headings contained in this Plan are for convenience of reference
only and in no way define, limit or describe the scope or intent of the Plan or
in any way affect this Agreement.
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